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Victim notification is a victim's right in most states and at the federal level. State laws vary, but most states give victims or their families the right to be notified of important, scheduled criminal proceedings and the outcomes of those proceedings. These commonly include the arrest, arraignment, sentencing, release, parole, or escape of a defendant; hearing dates and times; plea negotiations; and the dismissal of charges. The right to notification is supported in most states by Victim Information and Notification Everyday.

 

In federal cases, notification of case events begins during the investigative stage and continues throughout the prosecution and corrections stages of a case. The right to notification for federal crime victims is supported through the Victim Notification System, a shared Web-based application involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the United States Postal Inspection Service; United States Attorneys’ Offices; the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  

 

The following resources provide information on victim notification.


OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013) OVC, Report, 63 pages, NCJ 239957.
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. The Final Report outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations) | PDF (At a Glance Fact Sheet)
 
Voice of the Victim: A Perspectives Spotlight Issue (2012) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 100 pages, NCJ 238382.
Through OVC support, this special edition of the American Probation and Parole Association's Perspectives provides a collection of informative, thought-provoking articles to support community corrections professionals in incorporating victims' rights and services into daily practice. This resource teaches readers that victims' rights to information, notification, restitution, and participation are an integral component of community corrections.
Abstract | PDF
 
Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance 2011 Edition (Revised May 2012) (May 2012) OVC, 66 pages, NCJ 235121.
These guidelines establish policy and provide guidance to be followed by U.S. Department of Justice personnel in their interactions with crime victims and witnesses. Effective October 1, 2011, these guidelines clarified DOJ's responsibilities to provide mandated rights and services enumerated in the Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA) and the Victims' Rights and Restitution Act (VRRA) as well as other statutory requirements. Furthermore, the guidelines examine the unique requirements of vulnerable victims, including a recent update in May 2012 that addresses the scope of the federal child abuse reporting requirement under section 13031 of the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. § 13031.
Abstract | PDF
 
What You Can Do If You Are A Victim of Crime (2010) OVC, BC 000767.
This OVC brochure explains the rights of victims of crime and the compensation and assistance resources available to them. It also lists national organizations that help victims find information or obtain referrals.
PDF | HTML
 
Public Hearing on Victim Issues in Probation and Parole Recommendation Report (August 2010) OVC-Sponsored, 15 pages, NCJ 235384.
The report summarizes comments from the panel of crime victims and survivors and provides 10 recommendations for improving services to victims and survivors throughout the community corrections process.
Abstract | PDF
 

OJP Publications

Untested Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases (February 2013) NIJ-Sponsored, 6 pages, NCJ 241356.
In this article from the Sexual Assault Report™, NIJ staff member Nancy Ritter explores: whether every sexual assault kit (SAK) should be tested every kit - even ones that are 25 years old; should priority be given to certain kits, and if so, how do we decide; and how to handle cases in which the alleged perpetrator is already known. The article also explains where the weak spots are in collecting, storing, and testing kits; why the police might not send sexual assault kits to be tested; and what early evidence is showing about complex issues such as victim notification.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Victim notification is a victim's right in most states and at the federal level. State laws vary, but most states give victims or their families the right to be notified of important, scheduled criminal proceedings and the outcomes of those proceedings. These commonly include the arrest, arraignment, sentencing, release, parole, or escape of a defendant; hearing dates and times; plea negotiations; and the dismissal of charges. The right to notification is supported in most states by Victim Information and Notification Everyday.

 

In federal cases, notification of case events begins during the investigative stage and continues throughout the prosecution and corrections stages of a case. The right to notification for federal crime victims is supported through the Victim Notification System, a shared Web-based application involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the United States Postal Inspection Service; United States Attorneys’ Offices; the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  

 

The following resources provide information on victim notification.


Victim notification is a victim's right in most states and at the federal level. State laws vary, but most states give victims or their families the right to be notified of important, scheduled criminal proceedings and the outcomes of those proceedings. These commonly include the arrest, arraignment, sentencing, release, parole, or escape of a defendant; hearing dates and times; plea negotiations; and the dismissal of charges. The right to notification is supported in most states by Victim Information and Notification Everyday.

 

In federal cases, notification of case events begins during the investigative stage and continues throughout the prosecution and corrections stages of a case. The right to notification for federal crime victims is supported through the Victim Notification System, a shared Web-based application involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the United States Postal Inspection Service; United States Attorneys’ Offices; the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  

 

The following resources provide information on victim notification.


Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On Jan 26 2011 at 2:00PM, Travis Fritsch, Program Manager for the Mary Byron Project, and Trudy Gregorie, Senior Director of Justice Solutions, and Karin Ho, Administrator of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction's Office of Victim Services, hosted a discussion on Assisting Stalking Victims Using Victim Notification

Victim notification is a victim's right in most states and at the federal level. State laws vary, but most states give victims or their families the right to be notified of important, scheduled criminal proceedings and the outcomes of those proceedings. These commonly include the arrest, arraignment, sentencing, release, parole, or escape of a defendant; hearing dates and times; plea negotiations; and the dismissal of charges. The right to notification is supported in most states by Victim Information and Notification Everyday.

 

In federal cases, notification of case events begins during the investigative stage and continues throughout the prosecution and corrections stages of a case. The right to notification for federal crime victims is supported through the Victim Notification System, a shared Web-based application involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the United States Postal Inspection Service; United States Attorneys’ Offices; the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  

 

The following resources provide information on victim notification.


How do I obtain my Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to access the Department of Justice's Victim Notification System (VNS)?
If you have not received your Victim Identification Number (VIN) and/or Personal Identification Numb... Read More

What is the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system?
The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system allows crime victims across the count... Read More

Where can I find information on the Federal victim notification system?
Federal victim notification information is available on the Department of Justice's Victim Notifica... Read More

How can I order OVC publications and products?
Many OVC publications and products are available in hardcopy and can be ordered from the National Cr... Read More

Whom do I contact if I am experiencing problems with a State Victim Notification Everyday (VINE) system?
If you are experiencing problems with a State Victim Notification Everyday (VINE) system, please con... Read More

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Victim notification is a victim's right in most states and at the federal level. State laws vary, but most states give victims or their families the right to be notified of important, scheduled criminal proceedings and the outcomes of those proceedings. These commonly include the arrest, arraignment, sentencing, release, parole, or escape of a defendant; hearing dates and times; plea negotiations; and the dismissal of charges. The right to notification is supported in most states by Victim Information and Notification Everyday.

 

In federal cases, notification of case events begins during the investigative stage and continues throughout the prosecution and corrections stages of a case. The right to notification for federal crime victims is supported through the Victim Notification System, a shared Web-based application involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the United States Postal Inspection Service; United States Attorneys’ Offices; the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  

 

The following resources provide information on victim notification.


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Victim notification is a victim's right in most states and at the federal level. State laws vary, but most states give victims or their families the right to be notified of important, scheduled criminal proceedings and the outcomes of those proceedings. These commonly include the arrest, arraignment, sentencing, release, parole, or escape of a defendant; hearing dates and times; plea negotiations; and the dismissal of charges. The right to notification is supported in most states by Victim Information and Notification Everyday.

 

In federal cases, notification of case events begins during the investigative stage and continues throughout the prosecution and corrections stages of a case. The right to notification for federal crime victims is supported through the Victim Notification System, a shared Web-based application involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the United States Postal Inspection Service; United States Attorneys’ Offices; the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  

 

The following resources provide information on victim notification.


Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013) OVC, Report, 63 pages, NCJ 239957. The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. The Final Report outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations) | PDF (At a Glance Fact Sheet)
 
Voice of the Victim: A Perspectives Spotlight Issue (2012) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 100 pages, NCJ 238382. Through OVC support, this special edition of the American Probation and Parole Association's Perspectives provides a collection of informative, thought-provoking articles to support community corrections professionals in incorporating victims' rights and services into daily practice. This resource teaches readers that victims' rights to information, notification, restitution, and participation are an integral component of community corrections.
Abstract | PDF
 
Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance 2011 Edition (Revised May 2012) (May 2012) OVC, 66 pages, NCJ 235121. These guidelines establish policy and provide guidance to be followed by U.S. Department of Justice personnel in their interactions with crime victims and witnesses. Effective October 1, 2011, these guidelines clarified DOJ's responsibilities to provide mandated rights and services enumerated in the Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA) and the Victims' Rights and Restitution Act (VRRA) as well as other statutory requirements. Furthermore, the guidelines examine the unique requirements of vulnerable victims, including a recent update in May 2012 that addresses the scope of the federal child abuse reporting requirement under section 13031 of the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. § 13031.
Abstract | PDF
 
What You Can Do If You Are A Victim of Crime (2010) OVC, BC 000767. This OVC brochure explains the rights of victims of crime and the compensation and assistance resources available to them. It also lists national organizations that help victims find information or obtain referrals.
PDF | HTML
 
Public Hearing on Victim Issues in Probation and Parole Recommendation Report (August 2010) OVC-Sponsored, 15 pages, NCJ 235384. The report summarizes comments from the panel of crime victims and survivors and provides 10 recommendations for improving services to victims and survivors throughout the community corrections process.
Abstract | PDF
 

OJP Publications

Untested Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases (February 2013) NIJ-Sponsored, 6 pages, NCJ 241356. In this article from the Sexual Assault Report™, NIJ staff member Nancy Ritter explores: whether every sexual assault kit (SAK) should be tested every kit - even ones that are 25 years old; should priority be given to certain kits, and if so, how do we decide; and how to handle cases in which the alleged perpetrator is already known. The article also explains where the weak spots are in collecting, storing, and testing kits; why the police might not send sexual assault kits to be tested; and what early evidence is showing about complex issues such as victim notification.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Related Resources

Federal Resources

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
Sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs, NCJRS offers information on victimology and victim assistance, criminal justice, juvenile justice, information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. NCJRS supplies the victim services field with resources, publications, and program information. The NCJRS library collection includes more than 30,000 resources relevant to the field.
 
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Victim Notification System (VNS)
VNS is a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the United States Attorneys' offices, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Launched in 2001 as a pilot program with funding support from OVC, it became fully operational in 2002 under the development and oversight of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys. This free, computer-based system provides important information to victims of federal crimes. In many cases crime victims will receive letters generated through VNS containing information about the events pertaining to the criminal case and/or any defendants in the case.
 
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): Victim Notification Program
The ICE Victim Notification Program provides information to eligible victims and witnesses who register to be notified of a criminal alien's release related activities. Registered victims and witnesses will be advised when the criminal alien is released from custody or removed (also known as deportation).
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) Online Community
The website's primary purpose is to serve the technical assistance needs of Administrators who develop and direct automated victim information and notification systems. The web site serves as a conduit for the distribution of SAVIN-related information and materials gathered or developed by the SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project.
 
VINELink
VINELink is the online version of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), the National Victim Notification Network that allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day.
 

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Web Forum Discussions

Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On Jan 26 2011 at 2:00PM, Travis Fritsch, Program Manager for the Mary Byron Project, and Trudy Gregorie, Senior Director of Justice Solutions, and Karin Ho, Administrator of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction's Office of Victim Services, hosted a discussion on Assisting Stalking Victims Using Victim Notification


FAQs

How do I obtain my Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to access the Department of Justice's Victim Notification System (VNS)?
If you have not received your Victim Identification Number (VIN) and/or Personal Identification Numb... Read More

What is the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system?
The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system allows crime victims across the count... Read More

Where can I find information on the Federal victim notification system?
Federal victim notification information is available on the Department of Justice's Victim Notifica... Read More

How can I order OVC publications and products?
Many OVC publications and products are available in hardcopy and can be ordered from the National Cr... Read More

Whom do I contact if I am experiencing problems with a State Victim Notification Everyday (VINE) system?
If you are experiencing problems with a State Victim Notification Everyday (VINE) system, please con... Read More

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Funding

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National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
Upcoming Event(s)
28th Annual Conference of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. (POMC)
Rochester, MN
08/14/2014-08/17/2014

National Center for Victims of Crime 2014 National Training Institute
Miami, FL
09/17/2014-09/19/2014

14th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime
Palm Springs, CA
12/11/2014-12/14/2014

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.